The Horizon Matters

The cutest picture ever (to Corgi Geek fans, anyway) is making the rounds of the internet. I traced it back to the Geeks are Sexy website, but if anyone knows the photographer, holler and I'll slap up the appropriate attribution. I would have attributed this to a common every day FRAP (frantic random act of play) but they are carrying weapons, signifying something more dire. This claims to be a LARP, or live action role play, or perhaps a reenactment of one of the Welsh wars.... we hope. The Welsh may be finally ready to take back Wales and conquer the Western World while they're at it. All those loving Corgis may just be the first vanguard ... or this could be simply another skirmish in the Stubbies -v- Tails debate. 😉 Ok, so whether or not the Corgi army is battling for freedom is not really the point, you're wondering what this has to do with photography! This picture demonstrates something that I see a lot of times when we're in a hurry to take a picture, or only really paying attention to our subject matter or foreground, and that's the apparent tipping of the entire planet slightly to the left. In this case, if you straightened and cropped the picture in post you might cut something important out of the picture because it's pretty tightly framed, so it's better left alone. If you do have plenty of room around your subject this is something that can be fixed, you can level and then crop pictures in every photo editing software I know of, which means it's a really common problem, it's not just that you personally are a numskull. 🙂 I've done it a lot of times. We usually have one hand that is stronger than the other, so if you hold the camera with two hands it will often be tipped a little. Or the weight balance of the camera is a little off, and you just have to train your hand to feel how to properly hold it to make it level so that when you are in a hurry the motion is natural. Some cameras have a visual grid in the viewfinder that makes this easier to do, others don't. If there is the potential of it being a really cool picture, take several shots at varying distances so that you'll get something you can edit into what you wanted, then trash what didn't work out. And if you have to make excuses for your shot, it didn't work out. Toss it. Fix it, or Forget it. Do better next time. So now you'll get all picky about horizons, right? Ok, so now you have to learn the difference between a receding shore line or river bank. Sometimes they'll still just look sort of wrong to me. Here's a good example. So try to keep your horizon level as best you can, except when it's not. 😉 Now go do something fun, and don't forget to take pictures! Cheryl